February 25, 2011

{Just For You} St. Patty's Day Printables!

I am very excited to share my first Printable with you today!  I hope you find them as fun as they were for me to create.  I wanted to post them today so you would be able to have them printed and ready at the beginning of March

The first is White background with Green lettering!

The second is Green background with White lettering!

The second is definitely my FAVORITE!

Now choose the size you will need for your project (I choose 5 x 7) and print!  I hope you enjoy this free printable, and check out many more to come throughout the year!  I will post pictures of what I did with this printable soon!


February 23, 2011

{Inspiring Blog} Brassy Apple

I was ecstatic when Megan from Brassy Apple agreed to be spotlighted today!  She is such a talented mother and wife, who is nothing short of amazing!  I have been following her pretty much since the beginning of Brassy Apple!  I am always finding inspiration from her and appreciate to time she takes to share her creativity with her readers. 
I like to ask my spotlights "What their favorite project has been?" So when asking Megan I thought I would ask "What her favorite has been so far this year?!"

And Megan's response.... "Favorite project of 2011 so far, Sweater pillows!"
"This project is simple, but makes a BIG impact! They add great texture, color and design to any room. I love that they are each unique and can be created on any budget."

I am in love her Heart pillow!

Now that Valentine's Day has come and gone I thought that I would ask those I spotlight to tell us what they did to celebrate?!

Megan: "Valentine's day means more crafting around my house.  Each year we create valentine boxes to slip our own love notes into.  This year we got really creative.   My daughter took an oatmeal canister and turned it into the Queen of Hearts. My son transformed a cereal box into a Valentine hungry monster, and my little guy's went from pizza box to "Infinity and beyond!"  He just loved to make it fly around the house.  Of course my hubby and I needed one too.  I covered a shoe box with book pages and used some playing cards to represent us the King and Queen."

"We also spent the night before Valentines cutting out and hanging hearts over our dining room table.  Then on Valentine's day we spent a great evening together sharing a meal as a family and opening our cards under a shower of love!"

What a perfect day.  Your family is so creative, I love all of your boxes!
Thank you Megan for your inspiriation, go check out her amazing blog full of fabulous tutorials and more!


February 21, 2011

{Inspiring Food} by Mel's Kitchen Cafe!

Mel's Kitchen Cafe I am telling you I can't get enough of her recipes!

Poor Man's Stroganoff


*Serves 4-6
1-2 teaspoons olive oil
6 ounces turkey bacon, diced
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ½ pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 medium red or yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
¼ cup flour
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
½ teaspoon paprika
1 cup sour cream, light or regular
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried
Cooked egg noodles or rice, for serving


In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1-2 teaspoons olive oil and saute diced bacon over medium heat until crispy. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel lined plate and set aside, leaving any grease/oil in the pan. Add sliced mushrooms to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for about one minute (if the pan is too dry, add a teaspoon of oil as needed). Add salt. Continue cooking until the mushrooms are softened and have given up most of their juices. Transfer them to the same plate as the bacon.
In the same skillet, brown the ground beef or turkey with the onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Drain the grease.
Stir in the flour and tomato paste to the meat mixture and mix to combine well. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the beef broth and bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking to combine all the ingredients. Simmer vigorously for 3-5 minutes until the mixture is slightly reduced and thickened. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and paprika. Cook until flavors blend, about 5 minutes on medium heat. Add sautéed mushrooms and bacon back to the skillet. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the sour cream, mixing well to avoid lumps. Stir in the parsley. Serve over egg noodles or hot, cooked rice.

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February 16, 2011

{Book of the Month} Princess Academy

I have to say that the Princess Academy is an all time favorite of mine!  My mom told me about it, so I knew it would be pretty good.  Shannon Hale is such a great writer.  Her books are considered for young adults, but I think most of her books can be for all ages!  She never fails to bring the characters to life!  You instantly fall in love with Miri as you go along this interesting journey with her. 

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, let me know what you think!


February 14, 2011

A Valentine's Breakfast

Swedish Pancakes

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 tbs. oil

  • Mix the eggs and milk together.  Add dry ingredients; flour, sugar, and salt.  Then add the vanilla and oil and whisk all together.  Medium heat (not hot)! 

  •  Last add a little or a lot of syrup and/or jam! They are delicious!
~Have a Happy Valentine's Day!~


February 11, 2011

From beautiful to ELEGANT!

Now don't get me wrong, I really love this project I made last year.  I think it just needed a little more to it and I could never figure it out what?!   Last year I posted about this project on my Top 5 handmade crafts, it was #4.  It gives a little more background into why I made it in the first place! 
  • I used some plywood I bought from Home Depot for .51 cents! 
  • Wrapped the fabric (bought at Jo Ann's) around the front and hot glued it in back! 
  • Then found a wooden letter for our last name, painted it black, and sanded the edges for a distressed look.  I also hot glued the letter and the metal sheet to the fabric, it seems to hold just fine.  It was a simple DIY project that came together perfectly! 


I was organizing my room a couple weeks ago and found this awesome frame that I have never used.  Then it just came together! 

You know from previous projects that black spray paint is a must for me.  I know I should really try some other colors in my home, but black just fits my style!  It is such an elegant color and that is why painting this frame black made this project for me.  The plywood I used for the original project didn't fit the frame, so I just used the board that was already in the frame and re-glued the fabric to it! 

What do you think?  I think the frame fits it perfect!  Have a wonderful weekend ladies!

February 9, 2011

{Inspiration of the Month} and Love Bird Centerpiece


A big SORRY!
No recipe post this week.  I am just now feeling up to making dinner again after being sick most of week.  I also didn't get a spotlight on time for today because of last week.

I did, however, promise to show you the Centerpiece for my table!

You will need...
  • Candle holder, which was originally brown!
  • Black gloss spray paint (For the candle holder, I use this a lot!).
  • Glass candle holder.
  • Red and Pink berries.  I didn't use a wreath, just two of the stemmed berries to wrap around the candle, but you could use either!
  • A red candle.
  • Pink sparkled heart to glue to the berries!

I had the wooden "Love" from last year, I though it was a nice addition.  The love birds were a bonus given to me by my mom, isn't she a sweetie!

February 4, 2011

~Be Mine~

Hey ladies, I hope you've been having fun with all these amazing Valentines Day crafts going around.  I am amazed with all the talent out there!  For my next project, I needed/wanted some more decor around the house and came up with this simple framed "Be Mine"!  I've been loving sparkled everything for my Valentine's projects, so bare with me.

First you will need...
  • A frame
  • Some thin wire (from Jo-Ann's)
  • Black spray paint
  • A heart. This can be from anything, such as clip art from your computer.  I printed mine from picnik.com, then remembered a red sparkled heart I had left over from my "Valentine Framed Wreath" project, then just cut it to size.  I also used the sparkled hearts for my center piece on my table which I will show you next week!
  • Last you will need your words "Be Mine" which I also printed from picnik.com!

*Disclaimer: Being sick is not a good idea when taking pictures, sorry.*
 I wanted the words to pop out so I added a little sparkle and some black damask scrapbook paper for the backing.

I spray painted the silver frame and the silver wire a gloss black to match!  Hot glue your wire to your heart, and while the glue it still hot place it onto your picture.  Place your picture in your frame and Wha La!

Have an awesome weekend full of creating!

February 2, 2011

{Inspiring Blog} Gluesticks

I couldn't wait to feature this adorable blog called Gluesticks.  Brandy is so inspiring with whatever she creates, I have yet to see her run short of ideas!  I asked her to pick one of her favorite projects and tell us why she chose this specific one to share.  Her project was called A "Cute as a Button" Baby Shower!

Brandy:  The baby shower was one of those projects where everything came together without a hitch. I had a vision and was able to carry it out---and that doesn't always happen! My favorite color scheme is blue and brown, so that, along with the fact that it was winter time, was the reason for the turquoise and brown colors. Bright and Clean. I also thought that the chocolate buttons were a fun addition as shower favors.
Thanks Brandy, this is so adorable.  Go check out her whole post of how to make these delicious cupcakes and more here!  Enjoy many more of her inspiring ideas by clicking the button below!


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